Democratic Sen. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania reportedly accused California Gov. Gavin Newsom of running for president without actually announcing a White House bid.
“There are two additional Democrats running for Pennsylvania, excuse me, running for president right now,” Fetterman said at an Iowa Democratic Party dinner, according to NBC News. “One is a congressman from Minnesota, the other one is the governor of California, but only one has the guts to announce it.”
Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota announced a presidential primary bid late last month. “If President Biden is the Democratic nominee, we face an unacceptable risk of Trump being back in the White House,” he claimed in a social media post.
Marianne Williamson has been running in the Democratic presidential primary since earlier this year. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who had been running in the Democratic presidential primary, declared himself an independent presidential candidate last month.
The Golden State governor has been expressing support for Biden’s re-election bid. He told NewsNation host Chris Cuomo that Democrats need to get Biden re-elected and stop “hand-wringing.”
Newsom recently traveled to China where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and others. He also visited Israel before heading to China.
“California and China are two of the world’s largest economies. The reality is, we cannot solve the climate crisis without working together. Despite our major differences, California is committed to stopping the greatest existential threat our planet has ever known,” Newsom tweeted.
Newsom is slated to face off against Florida governor and GOP presidential primary candidate Ron DeSantis later this month in a debate moderated by conservative commentator Sean Hannity.
Biden, who is already the oldest president in U.S. history, would be 86 years old by the end of a second term in office.
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